Enes Kanter Freedom denounces the NBA’s “hypocritical” relationship with China

Former Boston Celtic human rights defender and ardent human rights defender Enes Kanter Freedom says the NBA’s relationship with China is one of the most “hypocritical” of all. sports.

The former NBA star also claims his criticism of the relationship led the league to force him into early retirement.

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Kanter said that while he’s still working, the league looks set to end his career for exposing their hypocrisy in advocating for social justice while associating with the biggest rapist in the world. human rights to the world abroad.

“They’re pushing me to retire at 30, unfortunately,” Kanter said of his situation. “You know, when you talk about uncomfortable situations happening in the world and your organization that you played for for 11 years tied billions of dollars to this (China) dictatorship, unfortunately it’s difficult. I’m going to I’m still working. I’m still practicing. But, the only thing I can say is that the NBA and Adam Silver is one of the most hypocritical organizations and one of the most hypocritical commissioners. to the world. They stand for things until it affects their money or their business.

Kanter’s harsh (and accurate) criticism of the league and its commissioner Adam Silver likely won’t land him a gig anytime soon.

However, it has been apparent for some time that the former Celtics center values ​​his defense of human rights above his own personal well-being. Kanter Freedom made headlines earlier this year wearing shoes with slogans. The shoes displayed messages such as “Free China”, Free Tibet and “Uyghurs”, a reference to the Muslim minority population in China who are forced to perform slave labor for companies such as Nike.

Instead of embracing their players’ political discourse, as they had always done when their players embraced leftist talking points, the NBA, according to Kanter, threatened to have him removed from games if he did not withdraw. his shoes. As a result, Chinese TV stopped showing Celtics games for a while due to Kanter’s activism, and the Turkish-born big man was eventually traded from the Celtics to the Rockets and later released.

Despite his hard-hitting play in Portland the previous year, Kanter saw his minutes drastically reduced in Boston after he started wearing his protest shoes. Now the league has cut his minutes to nothing as he hasn’t had a chance to try out with another team since being released by the Rockets. And all of this is happening at a time when there is a shortage of quality veteran centers like Kanter.

I’m sure Kanter’s criticism of the NBA’s relationship with China has nothing to do with it.

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